Nesterly was featured in AARP’s 2018 Where We Live publication.
Rethink What Makes a Great Roommate
One-third of households will be headed by someone 65 or over by 2035. Half of those people will be living alone (or maybe not)
Noelle Marcus and Rachel Goor, urban planning graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology turned business partners, wanted to put their skills to use in addressing two housing crises: the paucity of affordable housing and the financial difficulties faced by older people who don’t want to give up their homes. The result: Nesterly, a website that connects older people who have rooms to spare with young and lower income people seeking medium-term affordable housing.
Launched in 2016, in partnership with the city of Boston, Massachusetts, the service stems from the chaos of Hurricane Sandy, which hit the Northeast hard in October 2012. At the time, Marcus noticed that Airbnb was asking its hosts to house people whose homes were in danger from the storm.
“We’re like Airbnb but designed for home-sharing, not home-renting. It’s a win-win for everyone,” Marcus explains. “We think of
“There’s so much loneliness in America these days. It’s a really debilitating thing for many people,” says Jeffrey, a retired professor and
That’s part of the plan. Says Marcus: “We work with cities to make intergenerational